We took a bath with the chickens: memories of childhood visits to the homeland by second-generation Greek and Greek Cypriot returnees

King, Russell, Christou, Anastasia ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8796-1191 and Teerling, Janine (2011) We took a bath with the chickens: memories of childhood visits to the homeland by second-generation Greek and Greek Cypriot returnees. Global Networks, 11 (1) . pp. 1-23. ISSN 1470-2266 [Article] (doi:10.1111/j.1471-0374.2010.00304.x)

Abstract

Drawing on a wider study of 90 second-generation Greeks and Greek Cypriots who have relocated to their ancestral homeland, in this article we focus on the significance of childhood visits to the homeland. Freedom – how children were allowed to roam free and stay up late – is the key trope of such memories, in contrast with the strict spatio-temporal parenting they received in the host country. Different, sometimes less pleasant memories, however, emerge when the visits took place during later, teenage years. We explore the connections between childhood visits and adult relocation. Adult returnees find that settlement in the homeland produces a new set of challenges and reactions that differ markedly from childhood experiences and memories. They engage a second narrative trope, nostalgia, reflecting on the loss of the ‘authentic’ nature of the homeland and its customs and values. Instead, they highlight the materialism and xenophobia of Greek and Cypriot society nowadays. However, they see the ‘homeland’ as a safer place in which to raise their own children.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article first published online: 11 Nov 2010
Keywords (uncontrolled): Second generation; Return migration; Childhood; Memory; Transnationalism; Greece; Cyprus
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 12217
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Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2013 09:53
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 11:28
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/12217

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